Can you hear it?
Yes, that's the sound of opportunity knocking. Well, actually it's banging my door down but when I finally get up to answer it, there isn't anyone there... I feel a presence, I know there was an opportunity but like always I missed out.
Not this time!
This time, I'm going to throw the door wide and tell it to wait a sec, I'm learning, I'm there, I really am!
This last week I have been up to eyeballs revising my first three chapters for Melissa Jeglinski (the Knight agent who requested a partial) and working on my synopsis. What a pain in the bum! But at the same time, I will be ready to submit direct to Avon and then work on getting one of my Blaze's off to Toronto for consideration. Two years, I have been writing full time and I have only subbed one thing to one publisher. It's time I pulled my finger out and put my work out there for more than just the odd comp.
Seriously though, I am hearing it a lot lately... 'I haven't subbed because...', 'I want to but...'. Same old excuses, same old everything. How do we get ourselves published if we let fear rule our every action? If you don't love your book, they won't either. Just have faith that you can do it and they will love it, and if they don't, their loss. Make sure you work on the critisms especially when you hear the same thing from a few different people. And don't let it get you down! If one publisher says, 'I liked it but..." work on the but. If it isn't their cup of tea, send it to someone else. Have a brutally honest friend or crit partner go over it to make sure you crossed your t's and dotted your i's. And for God's sake, don't send it until it's ready. You need to be 200% sure it's perfect before you hit send or lick that stamp.
There are opportunities everywhere, you just need to get off your but and answer the door!
Bronwyn, glad the door is a'knocking and that you are are answering the door. And you know you have done well to submit in two years. I have been writing for longer and had only submitted (novels) once. I'm back on track again and will be sending it out into the wild soon.
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I'm a published author but I'm still mostly stumbling about in the dark looking for the right paths so this blog is about that, though sometimes something will give the me the shits and I'll have a bit of a rant. I'll try not to be offensive but occasionally my mouth opens without asking my brain's permission so I'll apologise in advance.